Mother of a victim claps as Holtzclaw verdicts read out in court

Ponca City Now - December 11, 2015 8:56 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The mother of a teenager who accused an Oklahoma City police officer of raping her clapped as a string of guilty verdicts was announced.

Daniel Holtzclaw was convicted of 18 counts involving eight of the 13 women who had accused him of rape or sexual assault. The jury acquitted him on another 18 counts.

The mother of the youngest accuser said she went to courthouse to hear the verdict, but found the doors locked. She was able to race home in time to see it on TV.

She says she feels like justice has been served.

The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sex crimes and is not using the mother’s name so as not to identify her daughter, who was 17 when she was attacked.

The mother says she believes the type of police crime brought to light by the Holtzclaw case "isn’t just a problem in Oklahoma, it’s a problem for the nation."


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